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What is Service-Learning?. Diana Kornfeld Regional Coordinator for DESE [email protected] 816-537-8520 816-807-1184. Objectives Today:. What is Service-Learning? What is the difference between Service-Learning and Community Service?

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What is service learning

What is Service-Learning?

Diana Kornfeld

Regional Coordinator for DESE

[email protected]



Objectives today
Objectives Today:

  • What is Service-Learning?

  • What is the difference between Service-Learning and Community Service?

  • How can Service-Learning be used as a teaching strategy?

  • What are some example projects?

  • How do I get started?

National commission on service learning
National Commission on Service-Learning

“…a teaching and learning approach that integrates community service with academic study to enrich learning, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.”

Added benefits of service learning
Added benefits of service-learning

National studies suggest that students in effective

service-learning programs:

  • improve academic grades

  • increase attendance in school

  • develop personal and social responsibility

Community service example
Community service example

If students remove trash from a streambed:

they are providing a service to the community as volunteers

Service learning example
Service-learning example

  • When students remove trash from a streambed,

  • analyze what they found,

  • share the results and offer suggestions for the neighborhood to reduce pollution,

  • and then reflect on their experience

    THAT is service-learning!

Service learning should
Service Learning should

  • Promote academic rigor

  • Build relationships between students and adults

  • Demonstrate relevance of learning

Steps in service learning
Steps in Service-Learning







Reflection throughout

Types of service

Direct--Teach/tutor younger students, hand out re-useable trash bags

Indirect--Hand out informational brochures about an environmental concern

Advocacy--Write letters to state representative about the water quality in a nearby stream, present to the school board about a concern

Types of Service

Example projects
Example Projects

  • Anti-violence Day

  • Holocaust Survivor Speaker

  • Fair Trade Coffee and Aid for Africa

  • Stream Team

  • Bunting for Babies

  • High School Pantry

Service learning resources
Service Learning Resources

  • DESE Website

  • DESE Portal

  • Missouri SL Network Website (MOSLN.ORG)

  • The Complete Guide to Service-Learning

  • ServiceLearning.org

  • NYLC

  • PeaceJam